Police stumble upon possible drug house while investigating robbery | Crime
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Police in St. Petersburg began an investigation into a strong-arm robbery on Sunday, and what they discovered was a large amount of methamphetamine
Detectives showed up at a house on 24th Avenue North Monday evening to search for evidence related to the robbery. Once inside, police found a stash of cocaine and a large amount of methamphetamine in one bedroom.
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By 7:00 p.m. Monday, officers were talking with two men and a woman. Police have charged the woman, Dusty Lynn Brenner, with felony possession of cocaine.
Neighbors gathered on the street to watch Hazardous Materials crews clean out the house well into the evening.
Tom and Trish Paule have lived across the street for 16 years and say this is definitely a first in their otherwise quiet neighborhood.
"The wife and I said something is happening, but who do you call?" asked Tom. "Since they moved in, we just felt like something was not right, because they weren't friendly."
Trish added. "You know, you want to meet your neighbors."
It turned out the Paules' suspicious neighbors may have been involved in quite the crime ring. St. Petersburg Police believe several people were responsible for trafficking meth across the area.
Still, this bust provides relief for neighbors like Laura Huling, who's been on edge for some time. "At least 4 months, yeah, and it's been bad. I mean, we've been watching it, and we've been very, very frightened."
Authorities expect to be at the home throughout the night collecting evidence and ensuring there is no danger to the area.